The Week That Was – Daytona Beach Bike Week 2017 Photo Review

Cruising Main Street Daytona Beach Bike Week 2017

Cruising down Main Street Daytona Beach – Bike Week 2017. 

It came in like a lamb and went out like a lion. While Daytona Beach Bike Week 2017 started off a little slow thanks to a couple rainy days followed by a few abnormally cold days, it finished with a flurry by the final weekend. Did you catch the Sons of Speed races? Billy Lane put on a fantastic event. Our very own Buzz Kanter won the first-ever race with a last lap pass of Lane, Brittney Olsen blistered the track on her way to the overall victory, and the event blew up social media.

The crowd was on their feet as Buzz Kanter captured the first-ever checkered flag at the Sons of Speed races.

The crowd was on their feet as American Iron’s Buzz Kanter captured the first-ever checkered flag at the Sons of Speed races.

We interviewed Indian Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees early in the week, then Mees went out and won the inaugural Daytona TT, giving Indian Motorcycle Racing a victory in its first outing in 63 years. And custom bike shows…there were more than we could cover. We still were able to hit the Perewitz Paint Show, Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Chopper Show, the Harley Ride-In Bike Show and a new shin-dig called Boogie East out at Annie Oakley’s Saloon.

Lead Sled Perewitz Paint Show 2017

That’s one fine Lead Sled!

Ride bikes? Did that. American Iron Editor spent time in the saddle of both the 2017 Harley Road King Special and the 2017 Harley Street Rod. Keep an eye out for the first ride reviews in upcoming issues of American Iron Magazine. I spent the week on the 2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic, the perfect workhorse for a motojournalist making the rounds. Its big topcase became my best friend as it made grabbing my camera bag out a snap at all the events I covered. Lots of positive feedback from rally-goers on the Willow Green over Ivory Cream colorway, too. Got to experience Daytona Beach in a new way as well when I took out the Polaris Slingshot SLR out for a day. Testing out its traction control a little bit in the back parking lot of Destination Daytona was a hoot. Cruising up and down the A1A during Bike Week is exactly what this vehicle is made for.

Blind Bob the Alligator Broken Spoke 2017

Blind Bob the Alligator wins the Broken Spoke crowd over on his way to victory in the burnout contest.

I also found a new hero – Blind Bob the Alligator. Blind Bob came out in an alligator suit, worked the crowd like a champ, then hand-shifted through five gears lickety-split until he had the back tire of his buddy’s motorcycle roasting. Roasted it until it blew! Before it was over, Blind Bob had the crowd cheering his name as he was crowned king of the Broken Spoke burnout contest.

Snake charmer. Main Street Bike Week 2017

First alligators, now snakes. What do you expect, it’s Florida!

While we thought it’d be an off year, American Iron was busier than ever at Bike Week. Be on the lookout for the full event review in a future issue of American Iron Magazine. Until then, here’s plenty of pictures to enjoy from the week that was Daytona Beach Bike Week 2017.

Moonshiner Josh Owens makes friends just about everywhere he goes

Moonshiner Josh Owens makes friends just about everywhere he goes.

Harley-Davidson took over the Full Moon Saloon for Bike Week 2017.

Harley-Davidson took over the Full Moon Saloon for Bike Week 2017.

It's a mad dash out of the starting gate at the 2017 Daytona TT.

It’s a mad dash out of the starting gate at the 2017 Daytona TT.

Packed house at Willie's Tropical Tattoo Chopper Show 2017

They pack ’em in as tight as they can get ’em at Willie’s Tropical Tattoo at the annual chopper show.

Inked! Main Street Daytona Beach Bike Week 2017

Inked on Main Street.

Brittney Olsen Wins First-Ever Sons of Speed Boardtrack Race

Brittney Olsen gives the double thumbs up after winning the first-ever Sons of Speed event.

Brittney Olsen gives the double thumbs up after winning the first-ever Sons of Speed event.

Brittney Olsen has etched her name in the record books as the first winner of the Sons of Speed boardtrack races. Riding her 1923 Harley “J” Model boardtracker, Olsen was fast all day on the banks of New Smyrna Speedway, the 20th Century Racing rider using her experience and finely tuned machine to rocket to the win.

“I just feel so proud and honored to be out here. It’s really awesome to be invited. I thought well, I race on dirt and that’s kind of a tricky surface but I’m really, really happy with my team and my mechanics back home. My team in the pits here, Doc Batzler, Doug, Mike Weasner, everybody who helped me get to this spot, thank you so much,” said Olsen from the podium.

Matt Harris of .40CalCustoms finished second, Harris also riding a Harley “J” Model. His boardtracker sang a wonderful song, a bold almost century-old note at full throttle. Harris showed fine form while winning his heat and carried that momentum into the Main to secure second place.

Matt Harris of .40CalCustoms was looking good on his 1924 "J" Model Harley boardtracker on his way to a second place finish.

Matt Harris of .40CalCustoms was looking good on his 1924 “J” Model Harley boardtracker on his way to a second place finish.

“Not too shabby for finishing the bike on Tuesday riding it for the first time Thursday and racing on Saturday!” wrote Harris on .40CalCustoms Instagram account.

Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe captured the final podium position, piloting her 1915 Harley boardtracker to a third place finish. Rossmeyer-Pepe earned a spot in the Main after winning the Last Chance Qualifier and took advantage of the opportunity to fight for her spot on the podium.

Billy Lane rides the tight line at Sons of Speed.

Billy Lane rides the tight line at Sons of Speed.

During the first Heat race of the day, Team American iron’s Buzz Kanter rode the inside line and passed Billy Lane on the last lap, the pass bringing the crowd to their feet as Kanter earned his own spot in Sons of Speed history as the winner of the first-ever race. In the Main, the engine of his 1915 Harley didn’t run as smoothly as his heat race, Kanter still elated with his fourth place finish. Kanter said the Sons of Speed experience was “one of the highlights of his motorcycle life.”

The crowd was on their feet as Buzz Kanter captured the first-ever checkered flag at the Sons of Speed races.

The crowd was on their feet as Buzz Kanter captured the first-ever checkered flag at the Sons of Speed races.

Josh Owens of Moonshiners fame quickly became a fan favorite in his Heat race against Olsen. The two fought a spirited battle, Owens fearlessly attacking corners as he gave it his all trying to steal the victory from Olsen. In addition to winning over the crowd, Owens proved he’s got some serious racing skills as he directed Matt Walksler’s 1921 Harley around the track.

Josh Owens Sons of Speed 2017

Josh Owens showed he’s got some serious racing skills as he won the crowd over at the Sons of Speed races.

The stands were jam-packed at New Smyrna Speedway, the crowd treated to a racing spectacle the likes of hasn’t been seen in almost 100 years. Billy Lane and all those who made this event possible deserve a huge ovation for putting together possibly the best event of Daytona Beach Bike Week 2017.

Perewitz Paint Show Daytona 2017

Though the Perewitz Paint Shows are relatively new on the scene, it’s taking little time for Dave and Jody’s gathering to gain steam. This year’s Daytona Bike Week show filled the perimeter of the vast Russ Brown Pavilion at Destination Daytona, Jody P. stating there were officially 55 bikes entered in the show, though many more streamed in over the course of the afternoon. Entries in the show were a cross-section of current crazes, a bonanza of big wheeled baggers with big dollar paint mixed with a sprinkle of T-barred club-style FXRs, garage builds and choppers mixed in between. Jody and Dave collaborated to paint the “Best of Show” trophy, while Bones and others dabbled and daubed on the other sweet trophies. Not surprisingly, the Hamsters were well represented, and even the first family of custom bike building – Arlen, Cory and Ness stopped by to check things out.

Turbo bagger Perewitz Paint Show 2017

Turbo baggers are a common site at bike shows these days.

Sweet spokes Lead Sled Perewitz Paint Show 2017

Sweet spokes!

Orange Flake chopper at the Perewitz Paint Show 2017

Flaked and chopped!

The Nesses and Dave Perewitz Daytona Beach 2017

The Ness family shares a laugh with old friend Dave Perewitz.

Perewitz Paint Show Trophies Daytona Beach

The Perewitz Paint Show has some of the coolest trophies!

Skulls Perewitz Paint Show 2017

Wouldn’t be a proper paint show without a skull or two.

Lead Sled Perewitz Paint Show 2017

That’s one fine Lead Sled!

Indian Motorcycle Ready to Storm Daytona Beach Bike Week

Indian Motorcycle logo

Indian’s 2017 Model Lineup & Carey Hart’s Custom Chieftain Headline the Iconic Brand’s Presence in Daytona During Bike Week

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced a comprehensive Daytona Bike Week experience that includes a custom bagger showcase, demo rides for all new 2017 models, and a 2017 Chieftain sweepstakes. From Carey Hart’s custom Chieftain bagger on Main Street to the all-new Roadmaster Classic at the Speedway, Indian Motorcycle will have a presence throughout Daytona for all Bike Week-goers to enjoy.

In addition, Indian’s new “Wrecking Crew,” backed by Allstate Motorcycle Insurance and featuring one of the most stacked lineups in flat track racing history, will make its debut at the American Flat Track season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, March 16. The team includes 2016 Champion Bryan Smith, along with two of the sports most decorated riders, Brad Baker and Jared Mees. The team will be armed with Indian’s Scout FTR750 for what is certain to be an unforgettable season.

“This year, Bike Week is extra special for us, in large part to the season opening race at Daytona Speedway where Indian makes its return to the American Flat Track series with our incredible new ‘Wrecking Crew,’” said Reid Wilson. “In addition, we’re thrilled to give fans in Daytona a chance to experience a lineup of one-of-a-kind custom Chieftains, and test ride some of our new models, including the new Roadmaster Classic.”

Below are highlights of the Daytona Bike Week action Indian Motorcycle has planned.

Display at Main Street (Main St. & N. Wild Olive Ave.)
See what’s new from Indian Motorcycle at the Main Street display and enter to win a 2017 Chieftain. The two Indian dealers who recorded the most votes for their custom Chieftain bagger during a two-week ‘Project Chieftain’ voting period will be proudly displayed on Main Street during Bike Week alongside Carey Hart’s custom Chieftain build.

Displays and Demo Rides at Daytona International Speedway (International Speedway Blvd.)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily Saturday 3/11 – Saturday 3/18; Last Ride Leaves at 4:30 p.m.
Among the various activations taking place throughout Daytona Bike Week, Indian Motorcycle will have a significant presence at Daytona International Speedway where attendees can view a variety of displays, including:

• Entire 2017 Indian Motorcycle lineup, accessories and apparel
• Custom Chieftain baggers from Indian dealers who participated in the ‘Project Chieftain’ contest
• Carey Hart’s Scout Hooligan race bike
• Indian Motorcycle’s premier flat track race bike, the Scout FTR750 – which will offer a flat track display for photo opportunities for fans

Additionally, Bike Week attendees will have the chance to ride the entire 2017 line-up of Indian motorcycles, including the Indian Scout, Indian Chieftain, Indian Roadmaster Classic, among others. Ride multiple bikes, compare, and decide which Indian Motorcycle models best suit your riding style. Demo rides are free and available to those with a valid motorcycle endorsement and proper attire.

Indian Motorcycle Racing returns to the flat track.

Flat Track Opening Ceremony (Main St. & N. Wild Olive Ave.)
Flat Track Opening Ceremony festivities commence at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, celebrating Indian Motorcycle’s return to Flat Track for the 2017 AMA Season.

Daytona TT AMA Flat Track Race (Daytona International Speedway)
Celebrate Indian Motorcycle’s return to AMA Flat Track at the inaugural race of the 2017 season and root for the all-new Indian Wrecking Crew race team, comprised of three of the most successful and decorated flat track riders in the sport, including 2016 Grand National Champion Bryan Smith, 2013 Grand National Champion Brad Baker, and three-time Grand National Champion Jared Mees. The inaugural race of the season takes place Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m.

Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach (290 North Beach Street)
Open daily, visit the dealership in the heart of Daytona Beach to check out Indian’s full 2017 line-up. At this exclusive location, Indian owners can retrieve a limited edition Indian Motorcycle race-inspired patch to commemorate their 2017 Bike Week experience.

Mobile Demos (Daytona Beach)
Indian wrapped trailers will be traveling to highly populated locations throughout Daytona and offering demo rides for select models from the 2017 lineup throughout the duration of Bike Week.

Daytona Taproom Takeover (310 Seabreeze Blvd)
In partnership with Daytona Taproom, Indian Motorcycle will be “taking over” and serving-up cold beer and three Indian Motorcycle-inspired specialty burgers.

Destination Daytona at Klock Werkz Kustom Cycles
Alongside Brian Klock and Klock Werkz Kustom Cycles, Indian Motorcycle will display various Chieftain models throughout the duration of Bike Week.

Indian Motorcycle Owners Event (Daytona International Speedway)
Join us Thursday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Daytona International Speedway including the track, pits and paddock. After that, you’ll have a private meet and greet with the 2017 Indian Wrecking Crew Race Team – “Flyin” Bryan Smith, Brad “The Bullet” Baker and Jared “Jammer” Mees. Then, you’ll get a close look at the all-new Indian FTR750 race bike the Wrecking Crew will compete on. Visit the Events section on for registration details.

Official 2017 Bike Week Build: Badazz Powdercoating, House of Kolor, Prokop Signs

Rich of Street Stuff Cycles sprays on another coat of House of Kolor paint.

Rich Crayson of Street Stuff Cycles sprays on another coat of House of Kolor paint.

Believe it or not, Bike Week 2017 is almost upon us. We can’t wait, not only because we’re ready to ride again, but because we’re eager to find out who’s going to win the Official Motorcycle of Bike Week 2017.

We can’t say enough for the team at Street Stuff Cycles. Talk about coming through big time! Not only did they put the pieces of the puzzle together, they even painted the bike in-house! Now that’s skills!

Striping up the 2017 Official Motorcycle of Daytona Bike Week

The finished project came out looking so good it’s featured on the cover of American Iron Magazine Issue #347 on newsstands now, so be sure to grab a copy and check it out. A trio of companies contributed to its curb appeal, House of Kolor, Badazz Creative Coatings, and Prokop Signs. Here’s what American Iron’s Assistant Editor Stephen Long had to say about the collaboration in his magazine write-up.

Ah….the paint. Rich lays down the skins in a room we hear is more akin to a Cold War-era bunker, though maybe a little more colorful.

Many a late night was spent in the shop, and none seemed quite as pressing as Rich and his work with the paint. Turning to House of Kolor, same as the ’06 Bike Week build, he mixed and mixed and mixed, hoping to find the right color combination.

“I worked with a technician at House of Kolor, trying to figure out a mix of the candies and the flake,” said Rich. “You know, it’s not just one color out of a can. It’s nine different colors that we used to come up with that shade.”

Street Stuff Cycle Official Daytona Beach Bike Week Motorcycle 2017

Eric Crayson tightens down the tank with its new House of Kolor paint and Prokop Signs graphics.

Badazz Creative Coatings played a major role in its transformation, too. The list of parts Badazz powdercoated in shimmering “Black Ink” is long, from the Lindy Bar protecting the engine to the mount for the top case to assorted levers, covers, and brackets. In the end, the only shiny parts on the bike are primarily machined edges or contrast cut covers.

Badazz Creative Coatings 2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle

From fender supports to levers to highway bars, Badazz Creative Coatings had plenty to powdercoat on the 2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle.

The final pieces of the design puzzle came from Prokop Signs out of Norwich, CT, including the 76th anniversary Daytona Beach Bike Week logo on the tank. There’s also plenty of succinct striping separating the primary colors. And those colors. You really need to see this thing in the sunshine to admire how the flake pops!

Prokop Signs Official 2017 Bike Week Motorcycle

Prokop Signs provided the graphics on the Official 2017 Bike Week Motorcycle.

There’s still time to get in on the drawing for this motorcycle because tickets are on sale until Friday, March 17 at 4 p.m. (EST) at They’re $50 each, or three for $100. Come Saturday, March 18, one lucky person will be the proud new owner of this sweet, one-off custom 2010 Harley Ultra Classic Electra Glide. We hope it’s you!


Harley-Davidson Ready to Rev at Daytona Beach Bike Week 2017

Festivities Include Free Demo Rides at Huge Speedway Display, Parties, Music and Thrilling Motorcycle Racing Action

Harley-Davidson welcomes riders with warm sunshine and cool motorcycles as a new riding season kicks off in Florida during the 76th annual Daytona Bike Week. Once again Harley-Davidson is the official motorcycle of Daytona Bike Week, and the Motor Company is ready to host all riders March 11-18 with special events, parties and free demo rides on all 2017 Harley-Davidson models, including Touring motorcycles featuring the all-new Milwaukee-Eight engine.

“If it’s March, you’ll find Harley-Davidson in Daytona,” said James Newton, Harley-Davidson U.S. Events Manager. “Each year the warm weather and clear roads of Florida reignite the passion for freedom we all feel when we twist the throttle. The bikes, the beach and the bonds of friendship are Daytona traditions that Harley-Davidson supports year after year. We invite everyone to swing by Harley headquarters at the Speedway to demo new motorcycles and have some fun.”

Harley Headquarters at the Speedway

Official Harley-Davidson Bike Week activities are consolidated at one action-packed venue located just off International Speedway Blvd. on the grounds of Daytona International Speedway. Open March 11-18, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Daily with free motorcycle parking, this expansive Harley-Davidson location will offer:

Harley-Davidson at Daytona Beach

Checking out the latest models and demo rides are just a couple of the attractions Harley-Davidson will have going on at Bike Week 2017.

• Motorcycle demos: See and ride more than 100 new 2017 Harley-Davidson models including the just-released Road King Special and other Touring models powered by the potent new Milwaukee-Eight engine. The demo fleet also includes the nimble Harley-Davidson Roadster model, fabulous 2017 CVO models and bikes fully customized with Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories.

• New Milwaukee-Eight Display Truck: Experience the all-new Milwaukee-Eight engine through technical displays and feel the rumble of this exciting new V-Twin on the Harley-Davidson JUMPSTART Rider Experience. Check out the customized Harley-Davidson Rebel Freightliner truck and a display of new items from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories.

• See It/Try It/Buy It: Demo new Harley-Davidson helmets and riding gear when you demo-ride a bike. A selection of new Genuine MotorClothes will be available for purchase on site, including Willie G. and H.O.G. commemorative merchandise. Also, visit with Harley-Davidson fit consultants at the H-D1 Fit Shop for any customization needs.

• H.O.G. Rally Point at the Speedway: Join Sam, Thor, Bruce and other Harley-Davidson staff members at the H.O.G. Rally Point. Relax in the demo lounge area, pick up a cool pin (exclusive for Harley Owners Group members), and check out a new Harley-Davidson Museum display featuring The Race of Gentlemen.
Harley-Davidson Events During Bike Week

• H.O.G. Rally Rendezvous
Sunday, March 12 and Thursday, March 16, from 6–9 p.m.
Location: Full Moon Saloon on Main Street
Celebrate the 76th anniversary of Daytona Bike Week with fellow H.O.G. members. Open to members and one guest with valid H.O.G. membership card. Each attendee will receive two drink coupons and one food coupon. Capacity is limited.

• Harley-Davidson Main Street Party
Monday, March 13, 7 p.m. to close
Location: Dirty Harry’s on Main Street
Kick-off Bike Week with the Harley-Davidson crew and the amazing arena-rock tribute band Hairball.

Harley-Davidson JUMPSTART Experience

The Harley-Davidson JUMPSTART Rider Experience will be giving people who have never ridden the experience of sitting on a motorcycle and banging through some gears during Daytona Beach Bike Week 2017.

• MDA Women’s Ride
Thursday, March 16, 8 a.m. registration
Ride Start: Harley-Davidson venue at the Daytona International Speedway
This woman’s ride, led by Karen Davidson and a team of Harley-Davidson female employees, will take riders through the back roads of Daytona Beach to Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson and Bruce Rossmeyer’s New Smyrna Harley-Davidson. For more information or to sign up, visit MDA Daytona Women’s Ride.

• American Flat Track Daytona TT
Thursday, March 16, 2 p.m.
Location: Daytona International Speedway
Ride to the races and cheer on the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team as it opens the 2017 American Flat Track season behind riders Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Jake Johnson and Brandon Robinson, each racing the powerful new Harley-Davidson XG750R competition motorcycle. The race will take place inside Daytona Speedway on an all-new 0.4-mile TT course featuring a jump. Go to American Flat Track for more information.

• Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Friday-Sunday, March 16-19
Location: Gainesville Raceway, 11211 N County Road 225, Gainesville, FL 32609
Ride up to Gainesville and feel the rumble of Harley-Davidson V-Twin thunder when the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team opens the Pro Stock Motorcycle season for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. World Champion riders Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec will begin chasing another title and world-record times at this fast track. Go to NHRA for more information.

For the duration of Bike Week, Harley-Davidson is partnering with three iconic Daytona Beach Main Street establishments as the official motorcycle sponsor at The Bank and Blues Club, Dirty Harry’s and the Full Moon Saloon.

Be sure to follow Harley-Davidson on Facebook to join in the action and to check out activities virtually.